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Crusaders will arrive at Inver Park on Saturday for the Premiership clash with hosts Larne.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Larne v Crusaders can be found here (inc. the best betting odds).
Larne are hoping to win again after their last result, the 0-1 Premiership triumph against Glentoran.
The only name on the scoresheet from Larne was Lee Bonis (63').
Their latest results reveal that huge efforts have been put in by the Larne backline. Larne have kept it tight, with the tally of goals that have gone in at their end during their past six games standing at 2.
Pre-game facts show that Larne:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Crusaders in their previous 3 games.
- are undefeated in their last 2 league matches at home.
Crusaders go into this game after a 3-1 Premiership win vs Newry City in their previous outing.
For Crusaders, the goalscorers were Dean Ebbe (31'), Jordan Owens (63') and Jordan Forsythe (80'). Declan Carville (77') was the scorer for Newry City.
In as many as 5 of the previous 6 clashes featuring Crusaders, at least three goals have been struck. The overall average number of goals per game within that spell is 4, with the average number of goals for Crusaders being 2.83. Such a trend won’t necessarily be continued into this next game, however.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head meetings dating back to 18/09/2021 shows that Larne have won 3 of them and Crusaders 2, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A combined sum of 15 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 9 of them from Larne and 6 for The Hatchetmen. The average goals per game has been 2.5.
The previous league clash between these clubs was Premiership match day 14 on 04/11/2022 and the score finished Larne 4-1 Crusaders.
The match was refereed by Tim Marshall.
Team News: Larne
The Larne boss Tiernan Lynch will be thankful to have no fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this clash owing to a fully injury-free group available for selection.
Team News: Crusaders
In an otherwise healthy squad, there’s only the sole fitness worry for the Crusaders gaffer Stephen Baxter to contend with. Ben Kennedy (Knee Injury) misses out for this game.
We’re thinking that Larne are likely to convert a lot of goal-scoring opportunities.
At the other end, Crusaders may well struggle to score a goal of their own although we do think it’s probable that they will be hitting back at some stage here, too.
We can therefore see a pretty comfortable 3-1 victory for Larne at the conclusion of the game.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Inver Park (2,500)
Captain: Jeff Hughes
Chairman: Gareth Clements
Manager: Tiernan Lynch
Competitions: Premiership position 2, Irish Cup (Sixth Round)
⭐ Star Man: Paul O'Neill
Customarily deployed in the Left Wing position, Paul O'Neill was born in N. Ireland. Having made his senior debut playing for Glentoran in the 2016 - 2017 season, the dangerous Forward has got 10 league goals in the Premiership 2022 - 2023 season to date coming from a total of 22 appearances.